cão

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Galician[edit]

Noun[edit]

cão m (plural cães, feminine cadela, feminine plural cadelas)

  1. Alternative form of can

References[edit]

cão - Dicionário Estraviz


Old Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin cānum.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

cão (plural cãos, feminine cãa, feminine plural cãas)

  1. white-haired
    Synonym: cano

Descendants[edit]

  • Galician: Cao
  • Portuguese: cão

Portuguese[edit]

cão (etymology 1)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: cão
  • Rhymes: -ɐ̃w̃

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Portuguese can, from Latin canis, canem, from Proto-Italic *kō (accusative *kwanem), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱwṓ (accusative *ḱwónm̥). Compare Galician can, Spanish can, Catalan ca, French chien, Italian cane, Romanian câine and Aromanian cãne.

Noun[edit]

cão m (plural cães, feminine cadela, feminine plural cadelas)

  1. dog
    Synonyms: (Brazil) cachorro, (rare) perro
  2. (colloquial, epithetic) the Devil.
Usage notes[edit]

In Brazil, cão is somewhat formal, and cachorro is the most common term in neutral or informal contexts.

Related terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

cão (etymology 2)

From Old Portuguese cão, from Latin cānus (gray), from Proto-Italic *kaznos, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱas-. Cognate with Spanish cano.

Adjective[edit]

cão (feminine singular , masculine plural cãos, feminine plural cãs, comparable)

  1. white-haired
    Synonym: grisalho

Etymology 3[edit]

Persian خان‎. (This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

cão m (plural cãos)

  1. (Portugal) khan

Further reading[edit]